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Tourism recovers in Ningxia
( 2003-08-22 10:35) (chinadaily.com.cn)

Tourism in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region picks up gradually after the SARS outbreak, a tourism official of the region said Thursday.

Xue Gang, vice director of the tourism bureau, said that, after the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak the region registered a 25 per cent growth in tourism revenue.

Thanks to a series of measures by the authorities, the region's tourism industry has taken on good development trend, with a large batch of tourists from Gansu, Beijing, Nanjing, Liaoning, Guangdong, Shanghai and Shanxi having toured the region in the June-August period.

The region is rich in tourism resources, boasting of three AAAA grade tourism resorts, according to Xue.

The vice director continued that the region's tourism industry have witnessed fast growth over the last few years. Last year, the region received 3.05 million tourists from home and abroad and garnered 1.2 billion yuan in tourism revenue, up 9 per cent, 11 per cent, respectively, over the same period the year before last.

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